CRYOTHERAPY neuroma treatment
Cryotherapy (“cryo” meaning cold and “therapy” meaning cure) is a minimally-invasive alternative to invasive surgery. Cryotherapy involves using extremely cold temperatures to treat localized areas of pain.
Six minute office procedure with a high success rate allowing you to walk out of the office, shower the next day and not miss any work!
Rid heel pain
By having the ice form around the actual nerve itself, the outer layers of the nerve sheath degenerates and, in doing so, decreases the nerve’s abilities to transmit the signal of pain. Over the course of the next couple of months, the nerve sheath regenerates again and in most cases regenerates without the inflammation and you are pain free.
You bet it does! Just like applying an ice pack on the skin relieves minor aches and pains, cryotherapy has been shown to be very effective in relieving very painful foot conditions such as heel pain (plantar fasciitis), neuromas, and has been showing promising results in treating other conditions such as tarsal tunnel pain, tendonitis and may even be helpful in cases of arthritis and diabetic neuropathy.
It isn’t painful at all. Plenty of local numbing medication much like novocaine is used, and patients generally don’t feel anything. This local anesthetic is usually isn’t injected into the actual site of your neuroma. Instead, anesthetic is injected into the top of the foot and the ankle, which soon makes the entire foot numb. Also note that the skin here isn’t very sensitive, so the injections are tolerated extremely well. Generally patients feel less discomfort than with dental injections. A podiatrist in Pittsburgh has performed cryosurgery hundreds of times and most patients complain of almost no pain.
Cryosurgery takes under an ½ hour in most cases. A large portion of this time is the time it takes for the toes to go completely numb, and the actual procedure takes only minutes.
It’s a good idea to bring a driver with you, so you can sit in the back-seat and elevate your foot. For the next 24 hours, limit walking (short periods of about 10 minutes are OK). A Wexford podiatrist recommends that patients only walk for periods of less than 10 minutes immediately after the procedure.
In general we recommend that patients wait for as long as 2 weeks for a complete healing time from cryosurgery. Often less time is required (3 days). Ultimately, this depends on each individual patient and how they heal. Ask our podiatrist in Cranberry, Mars, and Seven-Fields.
Our patients know their body best, and we advise patients to “listen to their body.” Our clinical experience has shown that most patients feel the most benefits at about 3 months. Again, much of this is up to the individual patient and the level of discomfort (tenderness) they experience after the procedure.
Cryosurgery is extremely safe and effective. In the vast majority of cryosurgery cases there are no complications whatsoever.
No. For more than a quarter century cryotherapy has been used to treat many conditions. Practitioners using cryo to treat Morton’s neuroma typically see a greater than 80% success rate—even in patients who have had unsuccessful open surgery. Our podiatrist in Sewickley reports very high success rates and patient satisfaction.
Yes. Cryosurgery is an excellent option if previous surgery has failed. After a failed surgery, the remaining nerve stump may be encased in scar tissue, and freezing it is an excellent option. Cryosurgery can even work if a “stump neuroma” is present.
This depends entirely on what type of insurance plan you have. Some cover cryotherapy for Morton’s neuroma, but some don’t. It’s best to call our offices and we’ll check with your insurance company.
Circumstances are different for each patient, but podiatrists almost always chooses to treat one neuroma at a time. Treating both feet during the same visit often causes an unnecessarily long recovery time.
These two conditions commonly occur together. Cryosurgery is an excellent treatment for both. Note that if the bursa is large and extremely inflamed, then a cortisone injection may also be necessary.
The vast majority of patients have no recurrence of Morton’s neuroma, but recurrence is possible. A review of our case records shows that very few patients need a second treatment to resolve their symptoms.
While not many large studies have been conducted, physicians who use cryotherapy generally get very good results. In our office in Robinson cryosurgery for Morton’s neuromas achieves an 70-80% success rate, and this is a conservative estimate. To put this question in perspective, there’s very little evidence that cortisone injections are effective for the long-term treatment of this condition.
How cryo works
Yes. It’s actually much safer than older, more invasive procedures.
While cryosurgery is extremely safe, any procedure carries a risk. This risk is small, and from a safety and effectiveness standpoint, cryosurgery makes sense. It’s also important to note that choosing to do nothing carries risks: over time, the condition may worsen or develop complications on its own.
It’s so rare it almost never happens. Occasionally patients experience a slight decrease in sensation, but this almost always goes away in a matter of weeks.
Sound Medical Technologies, Inc. offers several ESWT– related services. We provide trained staff and certified technicians to operate the equipment during ESWT procedures. Physician certifications, recommendations and our clinical applications specialist can answer all your questions.
Call Sound Medical Technologies to learn how you can have this technology available on a case-by-case basis, without purchase or lease. We deliver and set up the machine and provide you with educational materials for patients. Assist you in providing the procedure. You maintain control of the patient relationship. You receive the reimbursement into your practice.
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